SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in the trial of a Southern California man charged with the fiery slaughter of his ex-girlfriend's father and sister in what prosecutors say was an ill-conceived plot to win her back.
Orange County prosecutor Howard Gundy has told jurors in opening statements Wednesday that it's a case about obsession, manipulation and utter disregard for human lives.
Iftekhar Murtaza could face the death penalty if convicted of the 2007 attack on his ex-girlfriend's family.
Prosecutors contend Murtaza killed Shayona Dhanak's father and sister, assaulted her mother and burned the family's home. Authorities say Dhanak had broken up with Murtaza citing religious differences between her devout Hindu family and his Muslim faith.